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ISBN-10 0132927179ISBN-13 9780132927178
ISBN-10 0132927098ISBN-13 9780132927093
Author(s): Mark A. Edwards
Publisher: Pearson
Copyright year: © 2014 Pages: 240

For all school and district administrators as an overview of how to achieve outstanding results through systematic change.

Ideal for teachers, instructional staff, and other team members involved in change efforts.

This innovative book shows how a combination of success factors such as technology, leadership, data, collaboration, and a commitment to each child came together to improve student performance and achieve outstanding results in the Mooresville Graded School District’s (North Carolina) digital conversion.

This book tells the story of how Dr. Mark Edwards, as superintendent, led a school district in an innovative “digital conversion” initiative that provided every student and teacher with a laptop, despite a very modest resource base. The result of the initiative was a 90% graduation rate, a composite academic performance of 89%, and a vibrant new learning environment noted by hundreds of visitors.

Each chapter explains how visionary success factors including a culture of caring, digital resources, a relentless focus on data, leadership at all levels, and student-centered learning worked together to produce the outstanding results, and how their interplay drove academic improvement. New funding strategies that address the budget issue combine with step-by-step replication tips to provide valuable inspiration and guidelines to help every school succeed on the digital conversion path to student achievement.

The story of the initiative’s success has been featured in the New York Times and is the subject of a documentary on PBS and Fox News. Over 700 visitors from other districts, universities, and the media have toured the Mooresville school district to see this innovative initiative in action.